STEPHEN CHOW PURSUES SHU QI OUT OF SPITE
Actor-turned-director Stephen Chow (周星驰) is wooing “Sex Goddess” Shu Qi (舒淇), the lead actress in his latest film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (西游·降魔篇).
To get the 36-year-old former porn star on board, Stephen breached a contract already signed with a mainland actress he had already handed the lead role.
He reportedly had to pay her off.
As Shu Qi insisted she should should get more screen time, another actress Chrissie Chau (周秀娜) had her scenes cut.
According to the film crew, Stephen was always on set when Shu Qi had a part to play. Then, he would order work was wrapped up on time so he could arrange dinner dates with her.
Moreover, Stephen arranged Shu Qi to sing the film’s theme song, although she is not known for her singing.
Some fans believe Stephen is making advances merely to take revenge on Shu Qi’s rumored boyfriend Stephen Fung (冯德伦), also a talented actor-turned-director.
The two Stephens’ relationship turned sour when they worked on the film Jump (跳出去) in 2008. They have hated each other since then.
Both men previously dated singers Karen Mok (莫文蔚) and Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄).
Shu Qi denied that Stephen Chow is courting her. She also refused to comment on whether she and another man, also named Stephen, are an item.